Q: You’ve joked about it before, but are you ready to give him another six-year contract yet? Danny Ainge: [Laughs] Yeah. Q: You have to start thinking about that. Sure, we’re only in Year 3, but you can’t risk letting a good coach get away. Danny Ainge: No, listen, he’s a keeper. He’s great. He’s great to work with. Like I said, I think he’s going to be — if he stays in this game long enough — he’s going to be one of the great coaches.
February 13, 2016 | 9:03 am EST Update
There was even a report Friday night Boston and Cleveland had “very preliminary talks’’ about whether to ask the Knicks if they wanted to join a three-way trade with Anthony that included Kevin Love, with Anthony going to Cleveland. An NBA source told The Post the Knicks had not been approached by the teams, and there was “nothing to it.” The report also stated talks did not progress.
There isn’t Uber to get you a quick car, and a normal taxi isn’t going to help you get your entire group over there. You’re 6’6″ and your cousin is 6’8″. Your two friends run between 280 and 300 pounds each. This is not your normal size carpool. The coronation wouldn’t dare start without you, but you’ve still got to get there with enough time to prepare yourself mentally while warming up your body physically. This was Vince Carter and his cousin Tracy McGrady trying to get to All-Star Saturday night in Oakland on February 12, 2000. “We’re panicking like, ‘Bruh, we’re not going to get there. What’s going on?’ Carter tells me over the phone, 15 years after the night that launched him from an exciting young NBA player to something of a basketball superhero. “We’re trying to jump in with anybody who can give us a ride.”
Carter would try to push McGrady and motivate him to not only want to do it, but to want to beat Vince. He begged his younger cousin to join him, only to be rebuked with “I’m good, man. I don’t want to do it.” “‘Man, just do it,'” Vince prodded McGrady. “‘If you beat me, who cares? Let’s show the world what we can do.'” McGrady finally relented. He was in. For Vince, it had always been a no-brainer. Growing up, he was a big fan of the dunk contest like any of us watching it. He studied the contest, not just to marvel at the acrobatic feats being performed under one of the brightest spotlights in sports, but to study the dunks and figure out how to someday make them a part of a dream he’d realize.
Carter would approach the rim from the left side of the lane, swoop under, jump into the air, twist his body in the unconventional 360-degree direction, and windmill the ball home. The dunks were going in, but they were “squeeze dunks.” It was a great motion aesthetically, but the power wasn’t there. The explosion wasn’t there. It was a difficult looking dunk that looked difficult to pull off. That’s not the effect Carter was going for. “The honest truth is the week prior to that, I could barely make that dunk,” Vince recalls. “Maybe it was just after practice, tired, no motivation, I don’t know.”
He no longer has a plan. He has two goals: 1) Figure out what his next dunk is going to be because he’s scrapped his previous set of dunks. 2) Motivate T-Mac to put on his own show, because Carter had to beg him to do it in the first place and he wanted to show what the two young guys playing in Toronto could do. “I think after I did that, in my mind I’m thinking, ‘Alright, you’re up here trying to freestyle and think of this on the fly,'” Vince recalls, “and once I pulled it off and I was jumping that high, I was like, ‘Aw man, the playbook is wide-open. The playbook is wide-open.'”
“Talking to [Stackhouse] later and talking to Grant [Hill], that’s one of the things I think they had a conversation about,” Vince remembers. “Grant was telling me that we just hate that we had to go after you. He was like, ‘We just didn’t want to go up there anymore.'”